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Jeff Pearlman
August 30, 1999
Rangers manager Johnny Oates believes that with rifle-armed Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate, several of his pitchers are getting lazy and allowing runners to get ridiculous jumps. "They're running before our guys are even releasing the ball," says Oates. He was especially angry last week after the Indians' Roberto Alomar took five steps on righty Rick Helling and stole second easily. "You have to make up your mind," Oates said. "Either go to first or go to the plate, but don't just stand there holding the ball."....
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August 30, 1999

The Hot Corner

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Rangers manager Johnny Oates believes that with rifle-armed Pudge Rodriguez behind the plate, several of his pitchers are getting lazy and allowing runners to get ridiculous jumps. "They're running before our guys are even releasing the ball," says Oates. He was especially angry last week after the Indians' Roberto Alomar took five steps on righty Rick Helling and stole second easily. "You have to make up your mind," Oates said. "Either go to first or go to the plate, but don't just stand there holding the ball."....

Dodgers catcher Todd Hundley, 4 for 40 from the right side of the plate through Aug. 15, has stopped switch-hitting because a sore left wrist was hampering his righthanded stroke....

Mets outfielder Rickey Henderson, 40, says he wants to play another five seasons. Through Sunday, Henderson was batting .338 with 30 stolen bases, so who's going to stop him?...

Tony Phillips, 40, the heart of the A's until a broken left leg ended his season on Aug. 15, is considering retirement. "If it so happens that I never play again, I know that I left everything I had out there on the field," Phillips says. "That's the first thing Sparky Anderson taught me. Did you do everything out there to be the best player you could? If you did, and something happens, it can't bother you."...

Devil Rays righthander Dave Eiland makes his big-screen debut in For Love of the Game, the soon-to-be-released film starring Kevin Costner as a washed-up Tigers pitcher. For three weeks last November, Eiland was at Yankee Stadium working as Costner's pitching double. "I talked a little baseball with him, but mainly I just watched," says Eiland. "A guy of that caliber doesn't need my advice."...

Padres outfielder Reggie Sanders will qualify for a $3.7 million salary extension if he reaches 500 plate appearances, but San Diego, pleased with Sanders's production (.294 and 20 homers in 402 plate appearances through Sunday), has indicated it will exercise the option whether he makes it to 500 or not....

Danny Graves, Scott Sullivan and Scott Williamson are on pace to become the first trio of relievers in Reds history to throw at least 100 innings apiece in the same season....

Before his team left for Seattle on Aug. 19, Indians manager Mike Hargrove was asked whether he thought new Safeco Field would be an improvement over the Kingdome. "This room," he replied as he sat in his Jacobs Field office, "would be better than the Kingdome."

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